Monday, February 09, 2009

One NIght Only--International Women's Day

This year celebrate International Women's Day, March 5, with a special event for one night only. There will be a presentation of a documentary called A Powerful Noise at 7:30 p.m. followed by a live panel featuring Madeleine Albright, Nicholas Kristof and Dr. Helen Gayle of CARE. A Powerful Noise follows the lives of three women in three different countries as they struggle confront issues of HIV/AIDS, work to educate girls and to unite their divided communities. The outstanding panel will discuss the issues involved.

This will be held at various theaters around the country including, in New York, theaters in the Bronx Buffalo, College Point, Farmingdale, Holtsville, Ithaca, Manhattan, Port Washington,New Rochelle, Port Washington, Rochester, Syracuse, Victor, Westbury, White Plains, Williamsville and I am sure I missed some.

For more details put "A Powerful Noise" into your web browser.

Let's make a powerful AAUW noise and gather with friends at theaters around NY state,

Diane

Child Brides--Making the World a Better Place

Do you want to make the world a little better?
A very special program, the work of AAUW's Catherine Moore (and many others) is coming to the UN but the deadline to register is February 14; if you are interested you must act right away.

I would like you and your friends to know about a program on Child Brides: Stolen Lives, sponsored by the Working Group on Girls of the NGO Committee on UNICEF to be held on Wednesday, 18 Febr. in the ECOSOC Chamber. Perhaps you saw the PBS program in the fall of 2007. We will have a 10-minutes segment from the film and then speakers. Catherine Moore is the chair of the planning committee.
It is possible to get passes for the public who are interested in this topic. To get a pass, follow the below. Passes are picked up at the visitor's entrance between 45th and 46th. Take photo ID.

A Dialogue on Early Marriage:
Establishing Girls’ Visibility
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Time: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Place: ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations
Featuring NOW on PBS
“Child Brides: Stolen Lives”
Moderator, Ann Scholz, Working Group on Girls
Panel:
Sunita Rathore, Tutor and Mentor - Veerni Project,
Jodhpur, India
Maria Hinojosa, Senior Correspondent, NOW on
PBS
Connie Taracena Secaira, Minister Counsellor,
Permanent Mission of Guatemala (invited?)
Carolyn Hannen
Carolyn Bacquiet-Walsh



RSVP by Feb. 14th to wggrsvp@gmail.com
Seating is limited. Please indicate if you do NOT have a UN grounds pass.
Audience members are encouraged to preview the entire film “Child Brides: Stolen Lives” at:
http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/341/index.html (We will screen an excerpt at this event.)
Rosa - “Child Brides: Stolen Lives”
Courtesy of NOW on PBS
SAVE THE DATE!

RSVP by Feb. 14th If you don't have a grounds pass, be sure to email your name, address and phone number to wggrsvp@gmail.com by Febr. 14. There will not be any extensions.


RSVP by 14 Febr.
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Carolyn Donovan
UN Representative AAUW
American Association Univ. Women
Email: acdonovan@optonline.net
Tel: 516-551-0993

submitted by Diane Haney

Sunday, January 25, 2009

SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUS DECISION

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a ruling that strengthened the legislative and legal protections available to victims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. In Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee, the Court ruled unanimously those persons who sue under the landmark Title IX statute may simultaneously do so under another civil rights statute known as Section 1983. As Justice Samuel Alito's opinion stated, "We conclude that Title IX was not meant to be an exclusive mechanism for addressing gender discrimination in schools, or as a substitute for Section 1983 suits as a means of enforcing constitutional rights."

The case was brought by the parents of Jacqueline Fitzgerald, a kindergarten student in Massachusetts who was forced repeatedly by an older boy to remove her clothes during bus rides to school. Upon hearing this information from their daughter, Jacqueline's parents asked school officials to intervene, proposing either that the harassing student be transferred to a different bus or that the school assign an adult monitor to ride the bus. The school board declined both options, and took no disciplinary action against the perpetrator. The Fitzgerald family then sued the school district alleging violations of both Title IX and the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution. The latter is enforced by Section 1983 of the United States Code, a statute put in place by the 1871 Civil Rights Law, which in some cases offers additional protections not included under Title IX.

The Court heard oral arguments for the case in December 2008 - and AAUW signed an amicus brief in support of the Fitzgerald's position. AAUW is committed to eliminating significant boundaries to educational opportunities that women and girls encounter, including sexual harassment. Read the AAUW study on sexual harassment in schools, "Drawing the Line," and learn what AAUW is doing to help eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination.
MPD
AAUW NYS LAF VP
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